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THE COLLEGE OF THE FLORIDA KEYS INTRODUCES NEW MASCOT, SHEL THE TUGA

There is a new face — and flippers — on the campus of The College of the Florida Keys: Shel the Tuga. The college’s new mascot, the Tugas, is an abbreviation of “tortugas,” the Spanish word for turtle. The fictional sea turtle mascot sports CFK’s colors: an ocean blue body with lightning bolts and a sunset-orange shell. The college’s marketing team worked with local graphic designer Seth Mularz to create the design.  The introduction of the Tuga comes as athletics return to campus after a 45-year hiatus. Women’s and men’s swim teams made their competition debut earlier this semester at both...

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KEY WEST’S CONCH REPUBLIC CELEBRATES ITS OUTRAGEOUS INDEPENDENCE

Conch Republic Independence events will take place through April 25, featuring sunset sails, bar crawls, pool bar crawls, a Saturday street fair and a host of other outrageous activities. Visit conchrepublic.com for a full schedule and online registration for individual events. “The city has been extremely supportive of these events,” said producer Jim Gillernan. “Key West Mayor Teri Johnston felt safe enough to come to our Wearable Art Fashion Show at Key West Theater because we’ve strictly followed protocols and we didn’t embarrass the city.” Here’s how the whole Conch Republic craze started,...

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KEY WEST SANDWICH MASTER IS ON A ROLL — HE’LL ‘MEAT’ YA AT THE MOOSE LODGE

Micah Woerner is on a roll — as a Key West sandwich master. He got locals hooked last year on his Little Whitehouse Subs, with the essential South Jersey sub rolls, sky-high sliced meats, fresh toppings and clever names. (Not to mention his partner, Joy Terwilliger’s daily cupcake selections.) Woerner now has expanded his empire to include one of his own hometown favorites from his native Baltimore  — two-handed pit beef sandwiches. (There’s also pit turkey and pit ham.) Shannon Christle grills up sliced barbecued pit beef and melted cheddar cheese. You’ll need both hands — and plenty...

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Barstool Astrology: Transitioning from Aries to Taurus

This week marks the transition from Aries to Taurus. See what you can do with this renewed, earthbound energy with the Keys Weekly’s… Aries March 21 – April 19 As we transition from the infernal power of your ruling season into the earth bound energy of Taurus you may find yourself feeling stagnant, holding on to a large, woven basket of unspent frustrations and directionless ire. I have an earthly outlet for you Aries, exercise. Whether its sex or sport or sporty sex, sweat it out to let it out.  Notable Aries: Andrei Tarkovsky/ April 4, 1932 Taurus April 20 – May 20 In her poem “How...

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MARATHON COMMUNITY — YOUNG AND OLD — REDESIGNING ROTARY PARK

Rotary Park in Marathon is turning 20 next year, just in time for a major upgrade and facelift. The city has $225,000 set aside in next year’s budget. As with the initial build, it will truly be a community effort, starting with design ideas contributed by students from Stanley Switlik Elementary.  “The experience of having local elementary school students draw out their ideas for the Play by Design consultants has proven to be a huge success,” said Shannon Wiley, the school’s art teacher.  Colton Huff’s sketch includes castle design elements and a zip line. As in 2002, the City of Marathon...

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR SAMMY HAGAR CONCERT IN KEY WEST ON MAY 23

The world knows Sammy Hagar as the Red Rocker, the 11-year frontman of Van Halen (after David Lee Roth) and the guy who “can’t drive 55.” But he’s also a best-selling author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, restaurateur, liquor producer, media personality, husband and father.  Hagar, now 73, has been performing and recording rock music since 1967, but still hasn’t taken his foot off the gas. (Apparently, slowing down isn’t an option for someone with 25 Ferraris in his “garage.”)  Sammy Hagar and The Circle will rock Key West’s Coffee Butler Amphitheater on May 23. Tickets go on sale at noon Friday,...

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500-MILE BIKE RIDE ENDS IN KEY WEST; RAISES MONEY FOR INTERNATIONAL KIDS

Sixty-seven bicyclists pedaled and persevered for 500 miles on a five-day mission to raise money and awareness for global youth issues. The 2021 Key West Bike Ride was the 10th annual ride.  The cyclists, each part of the nonprofit Ends of the Earth mission organization, left Fort Myers on March 20 and arrived in Key West March 24. The group spent the nights in host churches along the way. This year’s Key West Bike Ride raised money and support to help combat the trafficking of children in Romania. Although the Romanian Revolution occurred in December 1989, the effects of Communism are...

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LIBRARIES ECSTATIC TO REOPEN TO IN-PERSON VISITS

The Monroe County Public Library System began reopening to in-person visits on a staggered schedule starting the week of March 22, with Key West and Big Pine Key being first. Their schedule is Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “It’s been really nice to have patrons back in the building,” said Key West Branch manager Michael Nelson. “One of the patrons said, ‘It’s great to be home again’ since it’s part of their daily routine.”  Islamorada library technician Susan McKee lines up fairy-house kits for children to take home in anticipation of reopening to in-person visits on Tuesday,...

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Guests create island Easter-themed painting

A group of Keys visitors took paint brush to canvas as they readied themselves for an Easter masterpiece of epic proportions. A special holiday-themed “paint and sip” at Key Largo’s Baker’s Cay on March 25 saw roughly 20 people painting and an island Easter-themed painting with palm trees, the true blue and some bunny tracks with a bag of eggs. Leading the painting event was local artist Brittany Parker. Bowen takes a break from painting a tree to pose for the camera. JIM McCARTHY/Keys Weekly Derek Papp paints some bunny tracks in the sand during the Easter paint and sip. JIM McCARTHY/Keys...

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